The team of heroes after whom the series is named. Most of its members were originally trained at the Cornerian Academy, but the team itself are privately-run paramilitary mercenaries.The team roster has featured the following changes:
- The original (unplayable) team, as told in the Star Fox 64 backstory, was made up of James McCloud, Peppy Hare, and Pigma Dengar. In an event of sabotage, James was lost and Pigma defected to Andross.
- The second incarnation of the team was led by James's son Fox McCloud, and featured Falco Lombardi, Peppy Hare, and Slippy Toad. ROB 64 served as the robot operator of the Great Fox.
- Peppy retired from active pilot duty after Star Fox 64, but remained on the Great Fox as backup.
- Falco left the team in Farewell, Beloved Falco and Slippy began devoting more of his time to his mechanics and inventing soon after, leaving Fox as the only member of the team on active duty until Adventures.
- Krystal joined in Adventures. Tricky is counted as an honorary member, but never leaves Sauria to join the Great Fox, instead staying to uphold his royal duties. Falco rejoined at the end of Adventures.
- Peppy replaced Pepper as General of the Corneria Defense Force after Assault, Slippy focused on his mechanical work elsewhere, Falco left the team for similar reasons, and Krystal was kicked out due to Fox's concern over her safety. Depending on the route, Lucy Hare, Amanda, and even Peppy become de facto members of the team during Command, with Falco and Slippy always returning, Amanda formally joining in one of its endings, and Krystal either rejoining the team or not depending on the ending (though the endings which she does outweigh those which she doesn't by at least one).
- Super Smash Bros. Brawl seems to return the team to its pre-Command roster of Fox, Falco, Slippy, Krystal, Peppy and ROB.
- In a possible future, the team is made up of Marcus (Fox and Krystal's son), Falco Lombardi, Peppy's granddaughter, and Slippy's son.
- Ace Pilot: All of them.
- Balance, Power, Skill, Gimmick: Fox is Jack of All Stats, Slippy is Mighty Glacier, Falco is Fragile Speedster. Peppy and Krystal are both gimmicks, and they're not active on the core team at the same time.
- Big Damn Heroes: The Star Fox team is doing that on the Corneria level, and a couple other levels too.
- Four Philosophy Ensemble:
- The Optimist: Slippy
- The Realist: Peppy
- The Cynic: Falco
- The Conflicted: Fox is more level-headed than Slippy, but more hopeful than Peppy.
- Private Military Contractors: They work as commandos for hire, usually for the Cornerian Army.
- Scarf of Asskicking: At least some of the team wears the team's trademark neck scarf in assorted colors, in every game of the franchise except Assault.
- Stop Helping Me!: In-Universe; if Fox shoots a target that one of his teammates was after, said teammate will chew him out for Kill Stealing.
- The Team / Color-Coded Characters
Kenji Nojima (Star Fox Assault, Super Smash Bros Brawl)
Takashi Ohara (Star Fox 64 3D)
Steve Malpass (Star Fox Adventures, Super Smash Bros Melee)
Jim Walker (Star Fox Assault, Super Smash Bros Brawl)
- Absurdly Youthful Father: As a result of the above-mentioned trope. After Marcus was born, about the only difference physically was that he started wearing sunglasses and grew a goatee of sorts on his chin.
- Ace Pilot: He is the leader of the Star Fox team thanks to his piloting skills and leadership spirit.
- Awesome McCoolname: Fox McCloud, inherited from his father, James McCloud. Doubly so for his son, Marcus, in Ending 2 of Command.
- Art Shift: Does Fox have blue or green eyes? That depends on what game you're looking at. They appear to have settled on green, but interestingly, in an early promo art for Assault, they appeared to be both◊.
- Badass Normal: He is the best example of the group.
- Battle Couple: Fara flies with him through the first Lylat Wars, while Krystal accompanies him for the ground-based missions on Sauria and the aparoid homeworld during Assault.
- Berserk Button:
(Fox, Falco, and Peppy approach the core of Andross's ship)
- In the Nintendo Power comic, after Fox discovers that Andross was the sole reason he became an orphan (see Conveniently an Orphan below), Fox is sent into a fit of Unstoppable Rage and he single-handedly destroys Andross's flying ship base.
Falco: Steady! Line it up! Almost there...!
Fox: Falco! I NEED TO DO THIS ONE MYSELF!
(Fox flies ahead of the rest of the team and attacks the core)
Peppy: ...Fox? He's boiling over!
Falco: I've never seen him so... twisted! I'm glad I'm not Andross!
- Big "NO!": When Fox is shot down, one of his teammates invokes this.
- Conveniently an Orphan: His dad was killed by Andross (most likely). And one of the old Nintendo Power comics reveals Andross (accidentally) killed his mother as well. According to the original, his dad is lost in the Black Hole because of Andross.
- Cool Old Guy: Fox in one of the endings in Command, in which he's seen sporting sunglasses like his father and a goatee.
- Cool Shades: In Expert mode in 64.
- Also in one of Command's endings, featuring him with Krystal and their son, Marcus.
- Cunning Like a Fox
- Cut Scene Incompetence: In Adventures, Fox is faced with the Big Bad in a cutscence and takes ten shots at him with his fire-blasting staff. He misses all ten shots. He even fails to hit the Mook that the Big Bad attempted to use as a Dino Shield. This coming from an Ace Pilot, and if dialogue is an indication, a crack shot with personal weapons as well. note Also occurs repeatedly in Assault; typically, Pigma's ship gets away because Fox has to do something else or is distracted. The script tends to forget the three other members of the team at such times.
- Deadpan Snarker: Seems to be a bit of his characterization in Assault.Fox: Peppy, send me a Landmaster will ya?
Peppy: On its way. What's the situation?
Fox: Well, I got my hands full. But what else is new.
Peppy: Done! Here's your Landmaster!
* Landmaster dramatically teleports in... in the middle of a swarm of aparoids*
Fox: Great. Good to see the transmission system's targeting is as sterling as ever.
- Drowning My Sorrows: One of Command's endings shows him doing this should Krystal leave him and choose to join Star Wolf.
- Everyone Can See It: Fox tries to keep his affection towards Krystal under wraps in Adventures and Assault. Not that it makes any difference, since all of his teammates know him too well, ROB has a way of putting it out in the open, and others (like Tricky) assumed they were already together.
- A Fox Named Fox
- Generation Xerox: Probably the reason James is always shown wearing shades and Fox rarely is — without them, father and son look exactly the same.
- Happily Married: One of Command's endings has him as this with Krystal.
- The Hero
- I Am X, Son of Y: Before Star Fox 64, when Fox's father was officially renamed James, Fox's father was named Fox McCloud Sr. (or "Fox Senior") in supplemental material, and Fox himself was called "Junior" by General Pepper in the comic (although he renounces it).
- It's Not You, It's My Enemies: His reason for kicking Krystal off Star Fox prior to Command was that, at the time, the two were in a relationship, and he didn't want to see her get hurt as a result of being part of The Team. She doesn't take it well. The game seems to relish in pointing out how phenomenally stupid this decision was on Fox's part — practically all of his teammates call him on it at various points in the storyline.
- Jack of All Stats: In Assault and Command, he's a generally middle-of-the-road character when it comes to stats.
- Legacy Character: His father James led the original Star Fox team, and one ending of Command has his son Marcus leading a new incarnation of it in the future.
- Official Couple: With Krystal, starting with the end of Adventures. The relationship is on full display in Assault, though they break up at the beginning of Command because Fox is worried for Krystal's safety. Depending on the ending, they can marry and have a child, or stay permanently broken up. Happens also with Fara Phoenix in the comics.
- Parental Abandonment: Fox's parents, James and Vixy, are both gone. Vixy is dead, and James is a disembodied voice and occasional Space Whale.
- Putting the Band Back Together: He has to do this about every other game.
- Real Men Wear Pink: In the Super NES games, Fox's pilot scarf was bright pink. It was changed to red in Star Fox 64.
- Rescue Romance: His relationships with both of his official love interests began by him saving their lives.
- Scream My Name: In the Japanese versions, his team members will do this if Fox is killed (these are replaced with a Big "NO!" in the English version). In the English version, the only instances of this trope being applied towards Fox is when Slippy is swatted towards Titania by Spyborg, Slippy just before the battle against Goras, and by his team members when Fox is going to "go it alone" against Andross inside his base (both paths), and the last part only if his teammates aren't undergoing repairs of their Arwings. Fox himself also used the trope twice: First when Slippy was knocked away to Titania, and the second when Fox finds Slippy in Gora's claw (before it awakens).
- Screw the Money, I Have Rules!: In stark contrast to Falco's greed, Fox always practices the Robin Hood credo, and is unconcerned with becoming rich. That is not to say Fox doesn't enjoy luxuries now and then.Fox: First class tickets would be nice.
Falco: You could have asked for a moon!
Fox: Moons aren't nearly as comfortable.
- And it's not like he ever doesn't bill General Pepper for Star Fox's services. In Adventures, he spends a lot of time complaining that he's not getting paid nearly enough for what he's doing. What exactly is the game in which Fox seems to have anything other than mercenary purposes? He definitely seems to be about the cash, even if he's, y'know, nice about it.
- She Is Not My Girlfriend: Once in Assault, relating to Krystal. Played with in that she is his girlfriend, but the subject of marriage makes Fox clearly uncomfortable. Tricky assumes that Fox and Krystal are already engaged, and promises to keep Sauria intact until they can come back on their honeymoon. Fox unfortunately phrases his response in a way that makes it clear that even though they aren't, he does want them to be, causing much embarrassment until he can change the subject.Fox: What are you nuts?! We aren't- we not yet-
Tricky: Not yet?
* Krystal leans in curiously whilst Fox struggles over his words*
Fox: Uh... I mean- I mean, this is not a conversation for children!
* Krystal laughs at his immediate topic changing*
Tricky: You said you weren't gonna treat me like a kid anymore!
Fox: Then stop acting like one!
Tricky: You're just mad 'cause you don't wanna talk about it.
Krystal: Alright, that's enough, boys.
- Technicolor Eyes/Brown Eyes/Green Eyes/Green is Blue: Fox was shown having brown eyes in the title screen of the original Star Fox, then blue eyes in the Itoh comic (though inconsistently green or blue in the first chapter), in Star Fox 2, and in Super Smash Bros. Melee. Since Farewell and Adventures, Fox has had green eyes, which he's had ever since, except for one promotional Assault artwork where he appears to have both blue and green eyes (fading from one color to the other in the same iris, no less!). But since the green eyes became fixed, they have usually been some of the nicest hue of green imaginable. Green eyes of course exist in reality, but it's not often you see someone with such a penetrating emerald color.
- Trigger Happy: Some dialogue in Adventures implies that he's like this (specifically General Pepper forbidding him from taking a blaster to his first Sauria mission and shooting everything in sight to solve his problems, requiring him to find a different, yet suitable weapon for the circumstances), but so far it's been an Informed Attribute.
- Younger Than They Look: At least in Star Fox 64: does he look or sound like he's 18?
Ben Cullum (Super Smash Bros. Melee, Star Fox Adventures)
Mike Madeoy (Star Fox Assault)
Dex Manley (Super Smash Bros Brawl)
Mark Lund (Star Fox 64 3D)
- Ace Pilot: This is his official team designation. His stats even seem to imply that he's a more skilled pilot than Fox, though this doesn't come up so much during gameplay. And appropriately for a bird, he expressively prefers flying an Arwing, as opposed to any of the team's other options.
- All There in the Manual: The manga Farewell, Beloved Falco explains his absence for most of Adventures as being from a falling out between him and Fox due to the machinations of an officer who planned on resurrecting Andross.
- Amazing Technicolor Wildlife: Averted; despite the name, he is a pheasant, which do have such garish head colours.
- Badbutt: "Now it's our turn to kick some tail!"
- Big, Badass Bird of Prey: But not the type you might think.
- Bishōnen: In Adventures and in Assault, but not so much in the SNES games or its comics, or in Star Fox 64, Farewell, Beloved Falco, or Star Fox Command. It really depends on the artist.
- Brooklyn Rage: He's got the accent, Italian-sounding last name, and he's even a former gang member.
- The Cavalry: He shows up out of nowhere in Adventures to help with the final boss fight.
- Celibate Hero: When asked by Kat in the manga "Farewell Beloved Falco", he replies with a smug "I fly solo babe". The line merely establishes he doesn't want romance, but it has nonetheless sparked much controversy on whether he's gay or asexual.
- Back for the Finale: Comes back at the end of Adventures.
- Character Development: His relationship with Fox improves considerably from 64 to Assault.
- Chekhov M.I.A.: In Star Fox Adventures, where his only appearance is the final battle with Andross.
- Cool Old Guy: In one of the endings of Command, Falco serves this role, playing mentor to Fox's son Marcus, just as Peppy was Fox's mentor. And like Fox above, Falco wears awesome sunglasses.
- Deadpan Snarker"See my ship?? Does it look okay to you??"
- Fake Defector: Averted in Farewell, Beloved Falco: He neither betrayed Star Fox nor even faked betrayal when he fought Fox, as it turns out that the "Androssian rebels" were Katt Monroe and her gang (not to mention his former gang), the Hot Rodders, and the only reason Star Fox fought against them was because they were manipulated by Captain Shears.
- Feather Fingers
- Fragile Speedster: In Command, his ship has the highest boost, but one of the lowest health ratings.
- Glass Cannon: Across the games - including his appearances in the Super Smash Bros.. series - Falco typically has low health and/or defence, but higher accuracy, damage, and/or speed. Particularly notable in Assault, where he has an Arwing piloting skill higher than everyone else (including Fox) but the lowest health.
- I Work Alone: He's a bit of a loner, meaning he seems to leave the team every other game only to come back later.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Despite mocking some of his teammates constantly, he seems to genuinely care about their well-being.
- The instruction manual for Assault even states that he considers the team his family.
- The Lancer
- Mondegreen: In the first game, he speaks in gibberish...or is it "Bud we Jammin" or "Baba we Jammin"?
- Not Allowed to Grow Up: In the SNES game, Falco was officially 28 years old. In the 64 Continuity Reboot, he was 19 years old. He aged normally in the sequels of 64. Excluding Peppy (and probably ROB), he's currently the oldest member of the team.
- Only in It for the Money: Particularly in the comic, Falco seems ever-concerned with opportunities to get rich. This is particularly annoying to Fox.
- Shout-Out/"Blind Idiot" Translation: Originally named after Carlo Rambaldi, an Italian special effects artist who worked on the films Close Encounters of the Third Kind and E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial. "Lombardi" was a mistranslation. Japan media for Star Fox 1 romanized the name as "Lambardi", before "Lombardi" was settled upon in localization.
- Toothy Bird: Not seen in the games, but has been seen in every comic thus far, including the Nintendo Power comics and Farewell, Beloved Falco. Whether Falco has teeth or not seems to depend on the artist more than comics vs. games.
- Troubled, but Cute
- Tsundere: Especially in the original comic. Falco is deeply loving toward Fox, even while beating the shit out of him.
- Ungrateful Bastard: "Gee, I've been saved by Fox. How swell."
- Vocal Evolution: Japanese voice only: His voice is much deeper now than it was in 64.
- Younger Than They Look: In Star Fox 64, it's not too obvious that he's only 19.
Chris Seavor (Super Smash Bros. Melee, Star Fox Adventures)
Henry Dardenne (Star Fox Assault)
Dex Manley (Super Smash Bros Brawl)
Jaz Adams (Star Fox 64 3D)
- 10-Minute Retirement: It doesn't take much to convince him to get back in the cockpit.
Slippy: Funny how you're suddenly so acutely aware of your age.
- Until Farewell, Beloved Falco, when suddenly a 45-year old man insists he's "too old" to pilot the Landmaster, and insists that Slippy do it.
- Badass Grandpa: He's playable in Command and shows that he's still capable of flying an Arwing despite his age.
- Beware the Nice Ones
- Big Brother Mentor: Like this to Fox in the Super NES canon before the Continuity Reboot.
- The Big Guy
- The Cameo: In the free-to-play Steel Diver: Sub Wars 3DS game, he acts as a sponsor for buying the premium version of the game. He doesn't say his name, but it's him in an admiral outfit. It is also a Shout-Out to various 3DS games having add-ons being sponsored by rabbits (like in Street Pass Plaza).
- Cool Old Guy
- Do a Barrel Roll: Star Fox 64 is the Trope Namer, and it was one of Peppy's signature phrases.
- Happily Married: From what little is gathered of it, he used to be this with Vivian, before she died.
- Heroic Sacrifice / Disney Death: In Star Fox Assault, Peppy ends up sacrificing the Great Fox, and himself in the process, by ramming the Great Fox (which was gradually being aparoidized by the aparoids) into the shields of the aparoid homeworld's core in order to allow the rest of his team entry. Turns out, he survived by using the Great Fox's bridge as an escape pod.
- It Has Been an Honor: He tells his teammates this during the penultimate level of Assault (which is also before he ended up nearly sacrificing himself as well as sacrificing the Great Fox by kamikazing it into the shield generator).Peppy: Fox, Krystal, Falco, Slippy... I'm proud to have fought alongside you.
Fox: Huh? What are you saying?
Peppy: Err... nothing, I'm just babbling, that's all.
- The Obi-Wan
- Parental Substitute: Is this to Fox. Considering Fox was still a young teenager when James disappeared, Peppy had to raise and train Fox, to make sure he made it to adulthood.
- Soap Opera Rapid Aging Syndrome: In the SNES game, Peppy is officially 36 years old. He was friends with Fox's father, but Peppy himself was only 11 years older than 25-year old Fox and more like a Cool Big Bro. In the 64 Continuity Reboot, Peppy was made 41 years old, a full generation older than 18-year old Fox, and was rewritten more as a Parental Substitute to orphaned Fox. Then, in the sequels to 64, when everyone was allowed to age normally, Peppy started to really show his age, becoming quite old-looking by Command.
- Species Surname
- Team Dad: Generally a kinder, more egalitarian version of this. Fox is still the leader, after all. But heaven help you if you're being a total idiot, a notable example being the aftermath of Fox's dogfight with Falco.
- Although when he learned the reason why Fox got into the dogfight with Falco in the first place, he became disturbed.
- You Remind Me of X: Fox reminds him of James.
Chris Seavor (Super Smash Bros. Melee, Star Fox Adventures)
Mike McAuliffe (Star Fox Assault, Super Smash Bros Brawl)
- Brainwashed and Crazy: In one plotline in Command, Slippy ended up brainwashed by Octoman into fighting against Fox and Amanda.
- Cloudcuckoolander: Some of his lines in Assault paint him this way, especially when he looks at the menacing aparoid base and remarks about how tasty it looks (as well as angrily ask if the aparoids have ever heard of windows in one conversation).
- The tasty part could be a reference to the aparoids being insect-like aliens, and Slippy being a Frog.
- Crossdressing Voices: In all of the Japanese versions of the games, and in the English version of 64, which lead to Western fans infamously mistaking him for a girl. He's voiced by a man in all of the other English versions, though (although Peppy's line at the ending of the Titania level establishes that Slippy is indeed male ["I'm sure he's [Slippy] learned his lesson."]).
- In the SNES games, Slippy has the second lowest voice of all the main characters — an unmistakable Simlish baritone, with only Falco's bass voice being lower in pitch.
- Distressed Dude: Slippy has been kidnapped no less than four times in official works:
- First in the original comic, he was kidnapped by a lizardman mechanic in a hangar on Titania, and taken to Andross's base on Fortuna. But he was eventually able to free himself then with the help of his Utility Necklace).
- Then in 64 (after the Continuity Reboot), after being shot down towards Titania and then nearly in the jaws of Goras. He needs to be rescued by Fox.
- And then in Farewell, Beloved Falco, Slippy is piloting the Landmaster on Titania, and recalls how he was kidnapped there before in the same situation. Then he's kidnapped again, this time by the Goras and Captain Shears, and Fox has to rescue him again.
- One path of Command had him possessed by the enemy, and Fox also had to free him then.
- Assault is the only game (or work in general, for that matter) where he doesn't get kidnapped (or shot down in the case of 64, shot down and nearly eaten, or in the case of Command, brainwashed).
- Enemy Scan: Slippy does this for you in most games against bosses, allowing you to see the enemy's shields/Hit Points.
- Establishing Character Moment: In 64, seconds after gameplay begins, he goes off on his own and a fighter begins chasing him.
- Frogs and Toads
- Gadgeteer Genius: It runs in the family, considering his father's knack for inventions. The two worked together on the Blue Marine according to the guide for 64.
- Go Out with a Smile: ...sort of. If you kill Slippy in Assault's Multiplayer mode, he dies face-up, still smiling a dumb, open-mouthed smile. It's pretty hilarious.
- When he's shooting on the ground in general, he smiles said stupid smile.
- Gratuitous English: In the Japanese versions of 64 and Assault, saving Slippy during the flight missions usually results him in saying "Thank-you, Fox!" in English.
- Innocent Blue Eyes
- Kid-Appeal Character
- Leeroy Jenkins: Has a tendency to fly off on his own during missions, which gets him into big trouble in Sector X.
- Like Father, Like Son: Though the similarities between father and son are applied somewhat differently. His father Beltino is a geeky, stuttering, absent-minded inventor of ships and weaponry (though no indication is given he's the type who's been in a fight), whereas Slippy is a geeky, mostly non-stuttering, occasionally absent-minded inventor and operator of ships and weaponry.
- Man Child: He's the same age as Fox, but he has a high-pitched voice, gets into trouble constantly, and has little adaptive talent. He could pass for a 7-year old.
- Mighty Glacier: In Command, his ship, the Bullfrog, has a huge health meter and gets plasma shots, but it has a tiny boost meter and isn't very mobile.
- Missing Mom: Who is Slippy's mom? Out of all the major Star Fox characters whose parents have been shown, Slippy is the only one who has been depicted with no mother whatsoever.
- Nice Guy
- Nice Hat
- Not Allowed to Grow Up: Averted. He gets visibly older in between the games, and gets married at the end of Command.
- Older Than They Look: Despite being slightly younger than Fox, he looks and sounds like a kid.
- Playful Hacker: His hacking skills are the main reason to keep him alive. Otherwise, you can't see enemy health gauges.
- Ridiculously Cute Critter
- The Smart Guy
- Species Surname: Though he looks more like a frog than a toad.
- Utility Necklace: Before Star Fox 64, Slippy always wore a trademark bead necklace that had secret uses, including as sleeping gas and explosives.
- Vocal Evolution: Japanese vocals only: His voice is far less feminine now than it was in 64.
James McCloud PreviouslyFox McCloud Sr.
Jim Walker (Star Fox Assault)
- Ace Pilot
- Adaptation Dye-Job: Depicted as looking exactly like Fox with sunglasses in later games, even though close examination of images of him in 64 indicate he had a darker shade of fur than his son.
- Cool Shades
- Disappeared Dad: Although he tends to show up as a ghost/hallucination in a few games, or is he still alive?
- According to the Nintendo Power comic, he was at ground zero of the sabotage that created the Black Hole, but tells Fox (while riding in on a Space Whale) that he's become part of a different parallel dimension.
- Divergent Character Evolution: No longer just Fox wearing Sunglasses, now he's Fox wearing sunglasses and a yellow scarf! Interestingly, the shade of his fur has also changed. Previously in 64, he had a darker shade of fur than Fox, whereas his appearance in Command shows him with a lighter shade of fur.
- Never Found the Body: In the games, but in early comics, he has become a transdimensional Space Whale!
- Retcon: Before Star Fox 64, James's name in supplemental sources was Fox McCloud Sr.
- Secret Character: In Command.
- Space Whale: In the comic, this is the only way he can reappear from his dimensional exile. The whale also appears for a moment in Sector Y of the original Star Fox (if you're lucky), but it's unconfirmed if it is actually him in this version.
- Spirit Advisor
- Strong Family Resemblance: Fox is very similar in appearance to his father; it seems his signature streak of hair on his head was even inherited from James.
- Sunglasses at Night: James is never seen without them in the games.
- Wham Line: Don't ever give up, my son.
- Animal Theme Naming: Her first name "Vixy" alludes to "vixen", which is a term for a female fox. Also Species Surname, see below.
- Canon Discontinuity: Vixy has made no appearance, nor received any mention in the post-64 continuity. That said, however, Fox is an orphan, meaning he obviously had a mother at some point whom perished so he could be left to be raised primarily by his father, and her character is one that can very easily fit into both continuities, with no real changes to her character backstory across either one.
- Death by Origin Story
- Hartman Hips: Given Fara's supposed to be a near dead-on match to Vixy in terms of her physical appearance, Vixy almost definitely fit this trope when she was alive.
- Missing Mom
- Murder by Mistake: Andross planted a car bomb intended for Fox Sr. Unfortunately, Vixy used his car to get to work on that day, and she was killed when it was automatically set off.
- Posthumous Character
- Punny Name: Vixy's name comes from "Vixen", which is a term for a female fox.
- Her last name comes from the "Reynard Cycle", a medieval French book about the adventures of a clever fox named Reynard (fr: Renart). The book was so popular in the Middle Ages that it gave its name to the animal ("Renard" is French for fox). In-universe, going with the concurring theme of being named after one's species, it may provide a reason for why Fox received his name.
- Species Surname: Her maiden name "Reinard" is close to "renard", the French word for fox.
ジェネラル・ペパー / ペパー将軍
Jeneraru Pepā / Pepā-shōgun
John Silke (Star Fox Adventures)
Gray Eubank (Star Fox Assault)
Jaz Adams (Star Fox 64 3D)
- Cool Old Guy: Averted for the most part, not that he didn't try.
- Cool Shades: In the Super NES games.
- A Father to His Men: Implied in his Trophy description in Super Smash Bros. Brawl.
- I Cannot Self-Terminate: In Assault.
- Last Name Basis: In a series where most characters are routinely referred to by their first names, Pepper is a rare character who is known only by his last name. We don't even know what his first name is.
- Put on a Bus: Becomes ill by the time of Command and has to retire (although fans suspect that his illness may have something to do with his brief possession by the aparoids).
- Redshirt Army
- Shout-Out or Parental Bonus: His name and uniform come straight from Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band. The origin of his name even gets a Lampshade Hanging in the Nintendo Power comic.
- Sigil Spam: Posters with his face on them are everywhere in 64.
- Trademark Favorite Food: In the SNES original's continuity, he had an affinity towards lollipops.
- Actually a Doombot: The Andross you fight if you get to Venom after Bolse is a fake.
- Back from the Dead: Thrice! The first time via cloning. Secondly by attempting to become the Physical God of Sauria (with draining Krystal's life-force as a backup plan). Thirdly, a hologram programmed with his personality and claiming to be Andross' "ghost" appears in Command. Whew!
- Badass Beard
- Badass Grandpa: Considering the white hair that makes up his aforementioned beard as well as the fact that he is literally a grandpa, he's clearly older than most of his enemies.
- Big Bad: Of the original game and 64 as well as Adventures. He also pulls a posthumous Man Behind the Man in Command.
- Body Horror: By the time Fox faces him, Andross has long since left his original body behind, being no more than a giant floating head with separately detached floating hands. Blowing off his skin leaves his brain and eyeballs (attached together via neural stems) still active. And when he's resurrected in Adventures, at least half of him isn't his own body, he's attached to the rear of a Krazoa statue's head.
- Boss Subtitles: "Evil Mad Scientist", in Star Fox 64 3D.
- Bread, Eggs, Milk, Squick: In reference to his accidental murder of Vixy:Andross: I was young, in love, and had a spare car bomb.
- Chronic Backstabbing Disorder: Going by the fact that there were references to Andross creating both the Anglar Race (according to the Farewell Fox storyline) and the means to defeat them (the whole removing poison from the sea thing), it's hard not to suspect that Andross was probably planning to invoke this trope in a bid for power. That, or he made a failsafe should they turn on him.
- Cloning Blues: Andross was cloned in both the Super NES comic and in Farewell, Beloved Falco.
- In the Super NES comic, two clones of Andross were made after he was killed. But the clones turned out not to be completely identical (besides being dressed in different colors), with one clone more sentimental and the other clone more evil. One clone publically apologizes for killing Vixy, and the eviler clone quickly kills him for not being pure evil.
- Crazy-Prepared: Had four backup plans in case his life was threatened. First plan was the robotic duplicate he deploys in the bad endings of 64. Second was Shears and his cloning bid. Third was that little incident on Sauria, which allowed his spirit to linger and in Adventures nearly resulted in him being reborn as a Physical God. Fourth was his "ghost" (a hologram programmed with his personality) which surfaces in Command.
- The Dark Side Will Make You Forget: In Command, some missions have Krystal suggest that he wasn't quite as evil initially. She mentions that he was looking for ways to terraform Venom (which, it should be noted, was a Retcon to the series), and she defends some of his biogenetic research (never mind the fact that he tried to suck out her life force). Whether she's right or not is up for debate, as is whether it should be counted as canon.
- Depending on the Artist: Andross either has gray or purple hair, depending on the game.
- Disc One Final Boss: The robot Andross in the easy path of 64.
- Engineered Public Confession: Except not intentionally engineered. In the Super NES comic, when Andross's two clones attack Papetoon, Andross (the good clone) sees Fara in the crowd and thinks she's Vixy. On loudspeaker, he proceeds to apologize to her for Vixy's Accidental Murder many years prior. It's not even Fox or Vixy who exacts revenge by killing him either, but his evil clone due to the good clone not being evil enough.
- Evil Genius
- Evil Overlooker: In the intro to 64.
- Evil Sounds Deep
- Evilutionary Biologist: A good number of the bosses in 64 are biological weapons that Andross had a hand in creating. Before the events of the games, he worked with the Cornerian military in developing them (with General Pepper suspicious of his motives). In fact, the prime reason for his banishment was unleashing one on Corneria's capital city, resulting in an explosion that almost entirely destroyed it. The Anglars in Command are implied to be his creations as well.
- The Exile: It didn't take.
- Final Boss: He takes the role in the original, the unreleased Star Fox 2, Star Fox 64, and Star Fox Adventures. Despite how all of those games except Adventures have multiple paths, he is, barring his duplicate and a Slot Machine, always the final boss.
- Freudian Excuse: In the Super NES comic, Andross explains that he loves robot pigs like Herbert because he was an orphan who was raised by robot pig parents, but they were destroyed by a Cornerian bomb test.
- Giant Hands of Doom
- Hijacked by Ganon: Manipulating General Scales in Adventures.
- Hominids Are Bastards
- Kubrick Stare
- Mad Scientist
- The Man Behind The Monsters / The Chessmaster: With the exception of Assault (specifically the Aparoids), every threat in the series, if it isn't Andross, had some ties to Andross: In Farewell, Beloved Falco, a renegade Cornerian Officer named Captain Shears attempted to revive Andross via Cloning. In Adventures, he manipulated General Scales and his Sharpclaw Army into doing his bidding, and in Command, it is implied that he was the one who created the Anglar Race in one of the scenarios.
- Maniac Monkeys
- Mind over Matter: Andross in the original Star Fox uses telekinesis as a weapon.
- Murder the Hypotenuse: In the Nintendo Power comic based on the Super NES game, this was what he intended to do to James because he was in love with his wife Vixy. But it didn't go as planned, and Vixy was killed by mistake.
- Mythology Gag: A giant polygonal face was used as a last boss in the first game, presumably because a monkey scientist isn't the best battle for a starfighter. Andross has regularly appeared as an enormous floating head in some form ever since.
- Also, said polygonal face made a cameo in the climax of Farewell, Beloved Falco when Andross's clone was beginning to develop telepathic thoughts.
- One-Winged Angel: The giant brain in 64.Andross: Only I have the brains to rule Lylat!
Fox: So Andross, you show your true form.
- Only One Name: Though his nephew and grandson have both a first and last name.
- Pun: "Only I have the brains to rule Lylat."
- Punny Name:
- Andros(s) is Greek meaning "of a man". As a primate, he is the closest to human the series gets.
- His Japanese name, "Andorf," can be alternately romanized as "Andolf," punning on "android" and "Adolf" (as in, you know who).
- Stalker with a Crush/Villainous Crush: Heavily implied to be this for Vixy McCloud, to such an extent that he was willing to kill her husband and child, just so he could have her. It didn't go as well as he planned.
- Taking You with Me: Quotes this trope verbatim in 64.
- Telekinesis: Implied to be how he can control his hands and otherwise keep his head and brain levitated in the air.
- Teleportation: He has briefly demonstrated the ability to do this, though unlike the telekinesis, this is, apparently, an ability gained via using technology, rather than the experiments he performed on his body.
- The Emperor/Emperor Scientist
- The Unfought: Possibly in the original Star Fox, as according to the Mission File Printout, the giant face that Fox faces on Venom is a computer designed to oversee Venom's army in place of the emperor himself. Although, the Mission File Printout also says that the giant computer might have really been Andross.
- Virtual Ghost: Holograms of him appear in Command claiming to be the ghost of Andross. Though, it could actually be his ghost, as when his grandson, Dash, fights his bioweapons, he orders the bioweapon to stop attacking. A hologram would not be able to tell the difference between pilots.
- You Killed My Father: He was implied to have killed James McCloud when Pigma betrayed him, earning him Fox's bitter enmity, along with the additional crime of having unintentionally killed Fox's mother, Vixy, years prior (at least as far as the Nintendo Power comic goes). In addition, it is implied shortly after Krystal is imprisoned by him that he was the reason why Cerinia, Krystal's homeworld, was destroyed.
- Canon Discontinuity: As with Fara, there is hope Miyu will make a canonical appearance in the future; she ended up being rather well-liked among gamers with emulators.
- Only One Name: Though Fanon often calls her Miyu Lynx.
- Seldom Seen Species: A rare example of a lynx in fiction.
- Canon Discontinuity
- Genki Girl: And infectiously so.
- Innocent Blue Eyes
- Only One Name: Though Fanon often calls her Fay Dog or Fay Spaniel.
- Action Girl: Though she had gotten herself in danger often, she still is quite a skilled pilot, and can handle herself in all but the most hopeless situations — which her inner Leeroy Jenkins seems to like getting her into.
- Canon Discontinuity
- Canon Foreigner: At one time almost averted this, appearing in an early demo of Star Fox 2.
- Daddy's Girl
- Future Spandex: ...Cameltoe.
- Green Eyes
- Hartman Hips
- Identical Stranger: Fara looks just like Fox's dead mother Vixy, to the point of being virtually indistinguishable from her when she puts on one of Vixy's dresses (in spite of the two being different species no less; Fara is a Fennec Fox, whilst Vixy is a Red Fox). Even Andross confuses Fara for Vixy, which causes him to become sentimental and delusional, and apologize on loudspeaker for the Accidental Murder of Vixy that no one else knew he'd committed.
- Pink Means Feminine: Fara's replacement Ace Custom Arwing (after she Leeroy Jenkins'd the first) was pink-and-white.
- Purple Is Powerful: Her - the Chief Test Pilot's - jumpsuit.
- Rescue Romance: Implied with Fox at the very least. Fox (and Slippy) saved her from getting her head blown off by one of Andross's lizard troopers (attempting to use her as a hostage), he later stops his team from opening fire on her ship when she shows up during a training exercise, and then when they enter real combat, when her Arwing goes down, Fox manages to catch her ejected cockpit mid-air with his, before it crashes into the ground below. The second and third saves are commented upon.
Sutā-UrufuA team of mercenary antagonists through most of the series. They worked with Andross in Star Fox 64, but took on the role of Anti Heroes and Worthy Opponents afterwards.The team roster:
- Led by Wolf O'Donnell, the original team included Leon Powalski, Pigma Dengar, and Andrew Oikonny. This team also featured in Star Fox 2, but with Algy instead of Andrew (though renamed Andrew in the Fan Translation).
- Pigma was expelled because of his greed, after which Panther Caroso was taken on prior to Assault. Andrew left to avenge Andross, which led to him partially restoring the remainder of his uncle's army and starting the events of the game.
- Krystal joined just before Command after being kicked out of Star Fox. Depending on the ending, she will either leave the group and return to Star Fox, stay with Star Wolf, or leave everyone altogether and become an independent bounty hunter calling herself Kursed.
- Ace Pilot: All of them.
- Anti-Hero: They're technically criminals with bounties on their heads, but as the story goes on, they increasingly save the day.
- Boss Subtitles: In Star Fox 64 3D, their appearances are accompanied by "Ultra-Performance All-Range Fighter" and the name of their current ships (Wolfen and Wolfen II).
- Characterization Marches On: In their first appearance, they were depicted as completely amoral Psycho for Hire, especially Leon and Pigma. In later games, Pigma's been kicked off the team for being too evil and greedy, Andrew Oikonny, who still ended up being portrayed as evil, left the team around the same time Pigma was kicked off, and the more sociopathic attributes of the team have become more subdued. They become more like Anti Heroes and the Worthy Opponents of Star Fox.
- Hired Guns
- Mirror Boss: In most of the games featuring them, they have the distinction of being the only boss characters who attack in ships around the same size as the Arwings.
- The Psycho Rangers: In Star Fox 2 and Star Fox 64. Star Wolf moved away from this in Star Fox Assault.
- Space Pirate
- Unexplained Recovery: How the 64 version of the team survived being shot down on either Venom, or both Fichina and Venom is still unexplained.
- Worthy Opponent
Grant Goodeve (Star Fox Assault)
Jay Ward (Super Smash Bros Brawl)
Jaz Adams (Star Fox 64 3D)
- Ace Pilot: While this trope applies to his teammates as well, Wolf is the best pilot of his team. This claim is substantiated by the fact that he has the highest flight ability in Assault, and that the bounty against him in Command is the highest for any member of Star Wolf.
- Agitated Item Stomping: If he loses a Versus Mode match in Assault, he'll angrily throw his blaster onto the ground, grind it with his foot, and smugly look the other way.
- Badass: In addition to completely changing his appearance, Assault completely changed his personality. In that game, he acts like he's the "big, bad, tough guy" — something which is even pointed out by Falco during the final mission.Falco: "Look at that guy. He really thinks he's the man."
- Bayonet Ya: A feature on his blaster in Brawl that makes it stand out from Fox's and Falco's is the large claw-like bayonet◊ which will add damage to fighters at close range.
- British Accents: Wolf's English dubbing in 64 has some British accent in it. His recent dubbing has a more gruff American accent.
- The British accent returns in Star Fox 64 3D, sounding even more posh than the original.
- Carpet of Virility: He has white chest fur in Brawl.
- Catchphrase: Curses! could count in Assault, though he mostly says it in Mission 7 (he even says the word if you fail the mission, which causes his Wolfen to explode).
- Wolf: "Curses!!!"
- Clear My Name: His motive for defeating the Anglars in Command is so that he can get a rather sizeable bounty off of his head.
- Clothing Reflects Personality
- Costume Porn: Especially in Brawl.
- Detached Sleeves: His Brawl outfit.
- Enemy Mine: He and Fox have teamed up on several occasions to fight a greater threat.
- Even Evil Has Standards: He kicked perennial money-grubber/backstabber Pigma out of his team.
- Evil Brit: His original English voice accent in Star Fox 64 was this. In later games, he sounds far more gruff, deep, and American, as well as becoming less of a villain.
- Evil Versus Oblivion: He justifies helping Star Fox going up against Pigma and the Aparoids with this line of logic. Wolf may not be a good guy, but he's not out to conquer, enslave, or destroy anything.
- Eyepatch of Power: In Assault.
- Fingerless Gloves
- Guns Akimbo: His victory pose in Assault. He draws two Machine Guns from behind him and starts firing.Wolf: Victory is mine!!!
- Heel-Face Revolving Door: Some storylines in Command have him do this.
- Hell-Bent for Leather: Especially in Assault, where he wears a black leather jumpsuit. It helps his Badass Biker look nicely.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He has his moments. After he saves Fox's life in Assault, he just can't bring himself to say "You're welcome."Fox: I owe you my life on that one, Wolf. Thanks.Wolf: I thought I told you. I didn't come here to save you.Fox: Even so...Wolf: Mm.
- Joker Immunity: Neither Wolf nor his wingmates will die if they are shot down in a dogfight.
- Just a Kid: He calls Fox "pup" numerous times throughout the course of Assault.Wolf: "You've gotten soft, pup!" (Mission 3)Wolf: "You're a pitiful sight, pup!" (Mission 7)Wolf: "Point that thing at me and you better be ready to die, pup." (Mission 7)Wolf: "Keep your advice to yourself and your eyes up front, pup." (Mission 10)
- Lightning Bruiser
- Like Father, Like Son: Not with him and his dad, but it's been implied on his Brawl trophy that he had a rivalry with James which led to his rivalry with Fox.
- Mook Promotion: According to Wolf's '!Super Smash Bros. 4'' trophy, he fought in Andross' army as a soldier before the latter's exile.
- Mythology Gag: Wolf's outfit in Brawl is a Shout-Out to his outfit in the Vaporware Star Fox 2, down to the vest and the Spikes of Villainy.
- The Obi-Wan: During their Enemy Mine moments, Wolf gives Fox guidance several times, most notably during the end of Mission 7 in Assault.Wolf: "Don't hesitate! When the time comes, just act!"
- The Only One Allowed to Defeat You: This is why he won't let the aparoids kill Fox in Assault.Wolf: "And if anyone's gonna tan your hide, it's gonna be me."
- Opera Gloves: His gloves in Brawl come very close to this.
- Purple Eyes: And has the badassery to match them... er, it.
- The Rival: To Fox McCloud. The manual of Assault states that each of them considers the other to be his "eternal rival."
- Savage Wolf / Noble Wolf: He begins as an enemy; a villainous wolf working for Andross. The Keibunsha strategy guide says there's more to it than that and he kicked Pigma off his team for being a greedy jerkass.
- Secret Character: In Assault and Super Smash Bros. Brawl.
- Smug Snake: In 64. "You're good, but I'm better!"
- Combat Compliment: If only in the Japanese version.
- Soap Opera Rapid Aging Syndrome: Originally the same age as Fox in 64 (18 years old); gets a six-year age bump in Assault, easily placing him in his early thirties at that point.
Wolf: "Brats! Time for punishment!"
- His dialogue in Star Fox 2 strongly suggests that he is much older than 18.
- Sole Survivor: Wolf is the only Star Wolf member who flies away after losing all of his health in Star Fox 2.
- Spikes of Villainy: He wears spiked shoulder pads.
- The Big Guy: In Assault, he is physically superior to the members of his team and even the protagonists.
- This Cannot Be!: His defeat quote on Venom is "No way! I don't believe it."
- Unwitting Pawn: His profile in the Keibunsha strategy guide for Star Fox 64 described him as secretly being manipulated by Andross and Pigma without him realizing it.
- Villain Exit Stage Left: In Star Fox 2 after losing all of his health.
- A Wolf Named Wolf
David Scully (Star Fox Assault)
Jim Walker (Super Smash Bros. Brawl)
Jaz Adams (Star Fox 64 3D)
- Agent Peacock
- Bunny-Ears Lawyer: Implied to be the only reason the Star Wolf team puts up with him, because he's really good at killing things.
- Cloudcuckoolander: Some of his dialogue in Command reveals a penchant for flowers and rainbows, and the other characters don't tend to think that he's aware of what is going on all the time.
- Cold Sniper: Leon, in a pilot-assassin (or so they say) variety. He supposedly plays as one... Or is it?
- The Dragon: The fandom unanimously sees Leon as Wolf's Dragon in the same way Falco is Fox's Lancer (not helped by the two being opponents in 64). In fact, giving a close look at Star Wolf's members from 64 onwards, Leon is most probably the first member Wolf recruited, followed by Andrew and Pigma, and then Panther.
- Leon's Super Smash Bros. 4 trophy describes him as Wolf's most trusted ally.
- Evil Laugh
- Informed Attribute: We've never seen him kill anyone, even though he's supposed to be a cold-blooded killer with no conscience. Some of this may be because of the game's target audience. His dialogue does show him to be depraved."I think I'll torture you a bit before I cook you!"
- In Love with Your Carnage/Have I Mentioned I am Gay?: How he feels towards Wolf.Panther: Set me straight on this, Leon; are you jealous of the shred-er, or the shred-ee?
- Also, the name of his customized Wolfen in Command is the Rainbow Delta. This could be a reference to chameleons changing colors, or...
- Lizard Folk
- Psycho for Hire
- Shout-Out: His name is a reference to Leon Kowalski from the movie Blade Runner.
- Soft-Spoken Sadist: Both English and Japanese vocals wise, he was this in 64, at least.
- Stone Wall: His ship has tremendous health and defense, but no primary lasers.
- This Cannot Be!: Yells "This can't be happening!" if defeated on Fortuna or Bolse.
- Vocal Evolution: Japanese vocals only: His voice was low and fluid-sounding in 64; over time it has become higher-pitched, accented, and maniacal. The English versions of the games followed suit on this.
- We Can Rebuild Him: According to one of the comics in the Keibunsha strategy guide, Leon was a cyborg on Venom 2.
- Wicked Cultured: His mannerisms in the Japanese version were intended to reflect that he is "creepily sophisticated."
Lev Liberman (Star Fox Assault)
Jaz Adams (Star Fox 64 3D)
- Black Eyes of Crazy
- Body Horror: This is generally expected to happen with anything infected by the aparoids, but Pigma is by far the most advanced case of the Lylatians that had been infected.
- Chronic Backstabbing Disorder
- Everything's Messier with Pigs: Just look at the guy!
- Evil Former Friend: To James and Peppy. Given how close Star Fox team members are generally implied to be, it's entirely possible he was very familiar amongst their families as well, which would have included Fox. And then he ended up becoming greedy enough to willingly lure his friends and teammates into a death trap because he wasn't quite satisfied with the money he was receiving, and Andross paid him better.
- Face-Heel Turn: In the Back Story.
- Fat Bastard: Then again, his species isn't known for being picky eaters.
- Fate Worse Than Death: Being assimilated in Assault, being destroyed, and yet not dying.
- Gadgeteer Genius: According to the Wolfen's Super Smash Bros. 4 trophy, Pigma worked with Andross for the ship's creation.
- Gonk: Even by anthro standards. And there are plenty of good-looking porcine anthros.
- Good Scars, Evil Scars: Pigma seems to have three symmetrical scars on his forehead during Assault. Given how by this time he was forcefully kicked out of Star Wolf and chased off, and that the leader of said team is not afraid of using his claws in a fight, it's a safe assumption of just where he received them.
- Greed: His most defining trait, and what made him betray Star Fox and eventually get kicked out of Star Wolf after even they had problems with it.
- Kansai Regional Dialect
- Kick the Dog: His response to Fox telling him not to steal the core memory.Pigma: Hmm... is it that important? Waa haa haa! Then I'm gonna be rich! Smell ya later!
Pigma: Daddy screamed REAL GOOD before he died!
- Also, in the Bolse mission in Star Fox 64:
- Large Ham: No Pun intended. He shines in 64 as the hammiest character, and that's saying a lot.
- Laughing Mad: By the time of Star Fox Assault, he seems to have lost a lot of his sanity, as about half of his speakable appearances is him laughing, and it is eventually topped when he ends up aparoidized.
- Manipulative Bastard: According to the Keibunsha strategy guide, he manipulated Wolf to act in accordance to Andross's orders.
- Multi-Armed and Dangerous: His aparoid form in Assault.
- Mythology Gag: Pigma working for Andross might be a nod to the SNES continuity's comics, where Andross was a pig aficionado who was raised by robot pigs and had a robot pig sidekick called Herbert.
- Pig Man: Duh!
- Pragmatic Villainy: Although he intended to use the Core Memory to make himself rich, he certainly did not intend to work with the aparoids, since obviously obeying them would have meant turning down a profit.
- Psycho for Hire: It is implied in the Bolse level that, aside from the obvious one of wanting to get rich with money, another reason why he betrayed Star Fox and presumably why he even takes various jobs is because he truly enjoys hurting people.Pigma Dengar: Daddy screamed REAL good before he died!
- Punny Name: He is named for the common sentence ender "dengā" in the Kansai Regional Accent, with Shigeru Miyamoto, the producer of the series, being from Kansai himself (specifically, Kyoto, not unlike his employer). The English spelling "Dengar" rhymes with this in non-rhotic accents.
- Puzzle Boss: In Command.
- Shout-Out: His last name is a reference to one of the bounty hunters in The Empire Strikes Back.
- Sycophantic Servant: The JP manual and his bio in the Keibunsha guide describe Pigma as worshiping Andross as the emperor.
- The Mole: According to the JP manual, he was this towards Star Fox.
- This Cannot Be!: Yells "This CAN'T be happening!" if defeated on Venom.
- Unexplained Recovery: His appearance in Command. Unlike Andrew, who has at least some leeway for his reappearance, Pigma was completely atomised in an explosion during Assault, calling his reappearance in Command into further question. He also seems to have a body that is still based on the one he got while under aparoid possession, yet the aparoids were completely, utterly wiped out at the climax of Assault, meaning that even if he did survive his body imploding on itself, unless he hadn't been completely assimilated, he more than likely would have been killed then instead. Then again, there's Command's deemed status in the series, as well as the fact Pigma considered Star Wolf to be true friends of his, despite the fact Wolf kicked him out (and apparently attacked him) because they couldn't stand the greedy bastard, and it seems easier to just consider him deceased for now.
Andrew Oikonny Originally
John Hugill (Star Fox Assault)
Mark Lund (Star Fox 64 3D)
- Badass Arm-Fold
- Disc One Final Boss: In Assault. Considering that he's the very first boss of the game and they had yet to go on foot (a rather heavily advertised aspect of the game), players were... unlikely to fall for the ruse.
- Giant Enemy Crab: His contraption in Command is a mechanical "Death Crab".
- Giant Hands of Doom: Part of his ship in Assault, in a rather obvious mimicry of his uncle.
- Harmless Villain: He's the one Star Wolf member who is taken the least seriously. Even when he breaks off from Star Wolf and forms his own army at the beginning of Assault, he's still seen as little more than an annoyance and "Andross-wannabe" by the team.
- Known Only by Their Nickname: By the time of Star Fox Assault, Andrew Oikonny is only referred to by his family name, Oikonny. In fact, he gives his full name only once, which is literally the last words he got to say shortly before his mech is literally shot in the head by an aparoid attack.
- I Want My Uncle: His parodied "Uncle Andross!", which he says when he's downed on Fichina or Bolse in 64, AND when he's shot down by the first stage's Aparoid boss in Assault.
- Last Name Basis: In Assault and Command.
- Maniac Monkeys
- Overlord Jr.: Eh, kind of.
- Punny Name: Andrew is derived from the Greek word Andreas ("of a man").
- Starter Villain: In Assault.
- The Teammate Nobody Likes: His bio in the Keibunsha strategy guide says he is hated by the other Star Wolf members.
- Transforming Mecha: His ship in Assault transforms into a mechanical Andross-inspired form.
- "Well Done, Son!" Guy: He always seems to be trying to gain his uncle's favor in some form.
- The Worf Effect: After being set up as a galactic revolutionary leader with a huge army ready to revive Andross's empire, he is shot down mid-sentence by the real Big Bad of the game, an aparoid.
- The Casanova: Described as a ladies man by Nintendo themselves and had apparently fallen in love with Krystal before he had even met her ("words do you no justice"). Possibly crosses over into Casanova Wannabe, at least where Krystal is concerned, as for the majority of his time throughout Assault, he tries, mostly in vain, to win her over with his words and the same thing happens in Brawl. Krystal generally tries to ignore him, merely humours him, or outright rejects him. His level of success does seem to have improved by Command, but not only is the canonicity of that game's events up for debate, but it's implied that the only real reason Krystal joined up with Star Wolf and started up a relationship with him was to get back at Fox for kicking her off of Star Fox, rather than her falling for his charms legitimately. Notably, though, whilst Krystal's cameo appearance in Brawl was confirmed to be speaking sarcastically as far as her English dub went, the Japanese dub in general portrayed her as far more sincere and flattered by his comments towards her.
- Chest Insignia: Panther wears armor that represents his symbol, the rose.
- Chivalrous Pervert: Sure, he is a ladies' man, but he is quite dedicated to the person he cares about and loves them.
- The Dandy
- Friendly Enemy
- Fun Personified: Let's just say he wants a first class meal after seeing his favorite restaurant got blown up.
- Glass Cannon: In Command, his ship has the most powerful laser in the game, but ludicrously low health. Note that Panther still has a large amount of Turbo, meaning that he can just barrel-roll a lot for safety. He still has low health.
- Hellish Pupils: He's a panther!
- I Want My Beloved to Be Happy: Kinda. In the default path of Star Fox Command, Panther lets Krystal go back to Star Fox because he knows that's where she is happy, but at the same time believes that one day she'll return to him. Why anyone who supposedly genuinely wishes happiness would then essentially say "See ya when you get bored of that guy and realize what you've been missing" is anyone's guess. It's played with, since Krystal does go back to Panther in the default ending. Though given his parting to words to her, chances are there was some level of guilt-tripping involved, combined with Krystal not fully trusting/forgiving Fox in that story path.
- Latin Lover
- Panthera Awesome
- Romantic False Lead: Some of the optional story arcs in Command have him becoming this.
- Something About a Rose
- Spell My Name with an "S": The series tends to switch the spelling of his surname between "Caroso" and "Caruso".
- Third-Person Person: In the English version of Command, though this may have been a localization error.
- Cloudcuckoolander: Some of his dialogue in Command as a result of his personality chip overriding his programming.
- Interspecies Romance: Seems to have a crush on Lucy.
- Mission Control
- My Sensors Indicate You Want to Tap That: In the ending of Adventures.ROB: My sensors indicate Fox's temperature is rising.
ROB: Are you okay, Fox?
(Everyone in the room minus Fox and ROB laugh)
Fox: ...I'm gonna be just fine.
- Robot Buddy
- Shout-Out: ROB's name comes from the NES peripheral Robotic Operating Buddy, and the code name for the Nintendo 64, Nintendo Ultra System.
- Ace Pilot
- Shout-Out: His name is a reference to William Grey from Independence Day. The entire Katina sequence in 64 is an extended homage to that movie.
- Southern-Fried Private: Command gives him a Southern accent, even though he didn't have one in 64.
- Surfer Dude: Has this type of voice in 64.
- What the Hell, Hero?: Whenever you shoot down one of his fighters in 64.Bill: Fox, that's one of ours!
- Action Girl
- Bare Your Midriff: Pink Katt seemed fond of dressing this way.
- Pink Girl, Blue Boy: Invoked rather blatantly in Farewell, with one of the other Hot Rodders being a blue tomcat.
- Pink Means Feminine: Before her Race Lift.
- Race Lift: Changing colors and cat breeds between Farewell and Command.
- She Is Not My Girlfriend: Apparently, Falco and Katt have never been an item and Falco doesn't express any desire of wanting one either. Doesn't seem to stop Katt from hoping for more from him.
- Tertiary Sexual Characteristics: Pink Katt breathed this trope. Besides being pink, this was heavily reflected in the way she dressed, the way she did her hair, and especially her heavy blue eyeshadow.
- Unlucky Childhood Friend: When Falco and Katt were younger, Katt used to need rescuing from trouble all the time, and Falco was the one to rescue her. But Falco not only wanted Katt to be a more self-reliant person, but also didn't appreciate Katt having a crush on him. Katt finally became a capable woman when Falco's absence forced her to grow up.
- You Don't Look Like You: Compare her appearance in the manga and in Command.
- Cool Shades
- The Dragon
- Last Name Basis
- The Mole: Loyal to Andross.
- Shout-Out / Expy: Shears closely resembles General Pepper's appearance from the Super NES games, before Star Fox 64 when General Pepper's appearance was slightly remodeled. Shears's name, as with Pepper's, is a also a reference to Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts' Club Band.
- Villainous Breakdown: As soon as it becomes apparent that Fox or Katt are going to stumble on his attempts at cloning Andross, he loses it, becoming rapier-crazy and hunting Fox down like a lunatic.
Cool Katt's Love Interest as of Farewell, Beloved Falco, and one of the Hot-Rodders. Though his name was not given in the Manga, his name was supposedly revealed by Word of God to be Cool.
- Pink Girl, Blue Boy: Cool is the blue to Katt's pink.
- Romantic Runner-Up: Katt seems to genuinely like him and does once confirm she has romantic feelings towards him. However, it seems she's gone right back to falling for Falco.
BowsorOne of the space hot-hodders, introduced in Farewell, Beloved Falco. His name is printed in Latin letters on the back of his jacket. Despite his name, he does not resemble Bowser, though he is reptilian.
- Aborted Arc: Krystal sets off the plot of Adventures by looking for clues about her doomed home world Cerinia. The fate of Cerinia is never brought up again. Then again, it could be argued that she didn't need to afterwards, anyway, seeing how it was implied that she recognized Andross shortly before being sealed up, not to mention the possibility that he was the one who destroyed her home planet. (Which might also explain why her first action upon being released from the crystal involved forcibly taking back her staff from Fox and firing it like a maniac at the Krazoa God/Andross.)
- All There in the Manual: The manual for Star Fox Adventures tells us that Krystal's home planet is Cerinia. Nowhere else in the games do we hear of that.
- Amazing Technicolor Wildlife: Krystal is a fox, but foxes aren't blue (except for arctic foxes in certain regions, which are kind of blue). However, it should be noted she isn't exactly a normal fox even by Lylatian standards, so it's highly likely her coloration is a result of her Cerinian heritage.
- The Artifact: Krystal has proven wildly popular in the West, but hasn't proven as popular in Japan (though she has some Japanese fans). Since Star Fox Adventures (where Krystal was first introduced), the creators have been increasingly unkind to her, but can't quite seem to find a way to keep her or write her out without upsetting their fanbase. Star Fox Command handled this rather creatively, where some of the Multiple Endings are favorable to Krystal, while some others (including the default ending) decisively cast her aside. It is still unknown which of these endings (if any) will be Canon, so Krystal's future in the franchise is uncertain.
- Bad Future: One of the endings for Command has her leave Fox and become a ruthless bounty hunter named Kursed.
- Bare Your Midriff: In her first appearance, as well as her appearance as Kursed during an alternate ending of Command.
- Barrier Warrior: Assault hints that this may be part of her telepathic abilities, as in multiplayer mode she starts out with a free barrier item.
- Battle Couple: With Fox. Assault shows this off by having her be the team member to accompany him during the ground missions on Sauria and the aparoid homeworld.
- British Accents: Krystal, along with the entire population of Sauria besides Tricky. This can be attributed to Star Fox Adventures being created in the United Kingdom.
- Butt Monkey: In Command.
- Conveniently an Orphan: Krystal one-ups Fox's orphan status by having her entire planet be destroyed as part of her origin (how hasn't been made fully clear yet, but Andross was probably involved).
- Damsel in Distress: Andross had her trapped in a crystal to drain her life-force and use it to become immortal. It nearly worked, until Fox put a stop to it.
- The Empath: This is her official designation when she joins the team. Her telepathic abilities are generally supposed to come in pretty handy at anticipating the enemies' movements. It even gets to the point where she can pick up on the thought patterns of completely alien creatures, like aparoids. This may be one explanation for how she is apparently able to speak both Saurian and Lylatian.
- Everyone Can See It: Her and Fox's relationship. She generally tries to be more open about her feelings than Fox does.
- Face-Heel Turn: Sort of. In Command, Fox dumped Krystal and kicked her out of Star Fox for her safety... and she promptly joined Star Wolf to continue piloting fighter planes and be with Panther. As it turns out, Krystal liked her job (and being with Fox) — to hell with the danger — and was not happy about being fired and dumped. And boy, does Fox get an earful. Not only from Krystal, but from Star Wolf too!
- Friendly Enemy: In Command.
- Happily Married: In one of Command's endings a possible future has Krystal as this with Fox.
- Hartman Hips: Seems McCloud men are naturally attracted to women with this feature.
- I Am Not Weasel: There are still a very few amount of people familiar with the franchise who believe that Krystal is a cat (rather than a blue fox). Barely justified in that when Adventures was still being developed as Dinosaur Planet, she had more of a feline design; however, information leaked of the game's original storyline later on reveals that she was always intended to be a vixen. It doesn't help that Nintendo Power themselves refer to her as such.
- Improbable Aiming Skills: In the sixth mission of Assault, where Krystal's deployed on the ground, there is an extremely slim chance that she will hit one of the hatchers (the target) that Fox must destroy. Otherwise, this is averted.
- Last Of Her Kind: Krystal is supposedly the very last Cerinian left in the Lylat system.
- Love at First Sight: Whilst Fox was clearly enamoured by her when he saw her, the way she looks into his eyes when he pulls her to safety implies the same may have been true for her.
- Magic Staff: Used one in Adventures, but she abandoned it in her subsequent appearances, obviously due to its close-combat range and limited magic power being completely impractical in the kind of combat she goes into upon joining Star Fox.
- May-December Romance: Official sources list Krystal at 19 years old during Adventures; since it takes place eight years after 64, Fox would be 26, leaving a notable seven-year age gap between them. If Krystal were to get together with Panther, she'd have this same type of romance, since he's probably even older than Fox.
- Ms. Fanservice
- Nice Girl
- Nubile Savage: Her default attire from Adventures, Loin Clothnote , metal bikini top, assorted jewelry, and tribal tattoos. Generally, it's believed that all Cerinians had a similar dress sense. She ditches the outfit for a Spy Catsuit in Assault.
- Official Couple: With Fox, starting with the end of Adventures. The relationship is on full display in Assault, though they break up at the beginning of Command because Fox is worried for Krystal's safety. Depending on the ending, they can marry and have a child, or stay permanently broken up.
- Only One Name: Krystal has never been shown to possess a surname, nor does she make any reference to having one, most likely due to her different cultural background to the other Lylatians. She does end up marrying Fox in one possible future presented by Command, however, so she presumably becomes Krystal McCloud after that.
- Operation Jealousy: Part of the reason she joined Star Wolf and began a relationship with Panther in Command was to make Fox jealous for kicking her off Star Fox. Judging by his reactions, it worked.
- Rescue Romance: Seems to be one of the reasons why she fell for Fox. He not only saved her from having the life-force sucked out of her as a result of her entrapment, but also caught her from falling to her death when she was freed from her prison.
- Shout-Out: Krystal's imprisonment in Adventures may be similar to Zelda's in Ocarina of Time.
- The Smurfette Principle: In the post-Star Fox 64 canon, she was the only female full-time member of the Star Fox team or the Star Wolf team.
- Stripperific: In her first appearance. She tones it down to a Spy Catsuit in Assault.
- That Woman Is Dead: Seems to be her attitude when she becomes Kursed in one of Command's alternate endings. She turns her back on Star Fox, Star Wolf, and the entire Lylat System altogether. So much is her departure from her former life, that she encounters Fox some time later, and he doesn't even recognize her (one must wonder how many other blue vixens exist in Lylat).
Krystal: The Krystal you once knew is gone. She is no longer a part of your world!
- Even before becoming Kursed, she had hints of this in her dialogue when Fox rediscovers her among Star Wolf. Before becoming Kursed, it had more to do with her changed attitude from being gentle and sweet to bitter and spiteful than it did her persona as "Krystal".
- Woman Scorned: In Command.
Prince Tricky Fox's partner during his trek through Sauria. He aids Fox by following a handful of commands that allow him to solve many of the puzzles on the planet. Before Fox leaves Sauria, he makes Tricky an honorary member of Star Fox, although he remains on Sauria. Later on, Fox meets up with him again, and he is now a full grown earthwalker.
- Expy: Of Tricky from Diddy Kong Racing, another of Rare's titles.
- He Is All Grown Up: Come Assault, the little guy is now the leader of the Earthwalker tribe.
- Innocent Blue Eyes
- Kid-Appeal Character
- Partially Civilized Animal: Whereas all of the other characters in the series are Petting Zoo People, Tricky and the other dinos on Sauria (except Sharpclaws) are this.
- Ridiculously Cute Critter: That is, if you don't find him annoying.
- Shipper on Deck: As he escorts Fox and Krystal back to the Arwing, he wants them to comeback for their honeymoon. Fox's reaction is priceless.
- Small Annoying Creature: In Adventures.
- Soap Opera Rapid Aging Syndrome: Between Adventures and Assault, Tricky grew from being pet-sized to big enough to flatten Fox. Justified since he's a triceratops, and those were known to get pretty darned big.
- Badass: He doesn't get many opportunities to show it, but he has no difficulty in lifting people (including the CloudRunner Queen) up to the height of his chest.
- Bad Boss: He shows such disdain for the well-being of his own troops, that when he is finally dead at the end of the game, the SharpClaws are happy and busy celebrating being set free of his rule.
- Berserk Button: He gets really pissed off by the Queen CloudRunner lying to him about Fox's whereabouts/existence. So pissed off, in fact, that he tramples two of his own men to grab her in a Neck Lift.
- Even in Dinosaur Planet, he was so pissed off he had outright killed the queen, thus forcing the very young Cloudrunner chick Kyte to resume duties as the new queen in the end of the game.
- The Heavy: Andross is the Big Bad, but Scales still does most of the work.
- Pure Is Not Good: Implied with Scales not only being present in a Krazoa Shrine, but also possessing a Krazoa Spirit (it was earlier stated that only one with a pure heart can gain a Krazoa Spirit).
- The Unfought: As soon as the intended battle begins, Andross interrupts it and orders Scales to give the last Krazoa Spirit to Fox.
- All There in the Manual: His first mention was in 64's Player's Guide, before his initial appearance in Assault.
- Frogs and Toads
- Gadgeteer Genius: Even before he appeared in a game, the above-mentioned Player's Guide for 64 referred to him and Slippy as the inventors of the Blue Marine.
- Non-Mammalian Hair: That mustache of his...
- Smart People Wear Glasses
Aparoid QueenThe main villain of Star Fox Assault. The Hive Queen of the aparoids, she wants all life forms to become one with her hive, because she believes only through assimilating living souls can she and her species truly evolve. A big fan of Mind Rape.
- Assimilation Plot: She considers it necessary for the genetic advancement of her species.
- Big Bad: In Assault.
- Captain Ersatz: The Borg meets space Bugs.
- Creepy Monotone: She is the only aparoid in the entire game to have a voice. And boy, is it a creepy one... Those infected by the aparoids also start taking on this form of speaking (particularly Pigma).
- Death by Irony: Tries to commit galaxy-wide genocide by wiping out every single known form of life and replacing it with that of the aparoids, often by infecting machines or the living cells of other creatures. He's killed by having what is a genetic bomb fired into her, which targets cells in her body designed for "apoptosis" (an scientific term relating to the death of cellular activity), which due to her Hive Mind connection ensures the complete and utter destruction of the entire aparoid race.
- Evilutionary Biologist: Kind of. It was stated after her defeat that her main motivation for the Assimilation Plot was that she wanted to bypass evolution by stealing souls, apparently because she was born without one, and thus couldn't evolve. It was a little weird.
- Expy: As the aparoids were basically the Borg to Star Fox's Star Trek, the aparoid queen is the Borg Queen.
- Hive Mind
- Hive Queen
- Mind Rape: Attempts this on the Star Fox team (Fox in particular) when they meet her face to face, but fails.
- It also failed in a way because she didn't do the proper research on James McCloud, given that she used his voice to try to break his spirit, but James would not have been the kind of person to tell Fox to give up, something that Fox knew more than anyone else.
- Shape Shifter Guilt Trip: Uses the voices of various characters to get into Star Fox's heads during the first phase of her battle.
- We Have Reserves: Her combat "strategy" mostly consists of flinging aparoids at problems until the problems go away. Given the sheer number of aparoids at her disposal and how hard they are to kill, this works out pretty well for her.
Amanda Amanda is Slippy's fiancee, and becomes a playable character in Command.
- Action Girlfriend
- Battle Couple: With Slippy on some missions.
- Non-Mammal Mammaries: She's the first major non-mammalian female character to be depicted with breasts in the series.
- Only One Name: Her last name isn't given for some reason.
- Pink Means Feminine
- Species Surname: She starts off in the game with no surname, but considering how she's engaged to Slippy and eventually marries him, she does come around to fitting the trope at some point.
- Tertiary Sexual Characteristics: Like that ginormous bow on her head, her eyelashes, the fact she's pink, etc.
- Tiny Guy, Huge Girl: She's a good head taller than Slippy.
- Dub Name Change: From "Ash" to "Dash".
- Everything's Better with Monkeys: Provided the below doesn't happen, he's the only positive example of a primate in the series.
- Remember the New Guy: Nothing prior in the series ever truly suggested that Andross had children, let alone grandchildren (though given Andrew, he clearly had relatives), so Dash kinda seems to come out of nowhere.
- Turn Out Like His Grandfather: One of the Command endings suggests Dash will become a tyrant like Andross did;, another suggests the opposite, that he colonizes Venom without his grandfather's ill intent.
- You Killed My Father: Averted. Although Fox killed Andross, his grandfather, Dash Bowman has absolutely no hate for Fox killing him. In fact, his profile states he "thinks the world of Star Fox and its member pilots." Indeed, he is quite willing to fight alongside the team.
- Younger Than They Look: He's significantly younger than the other characters, and Falco makes fun of him for being Just a Kid.
Lucy Hare The daughter of Peppy and Vivian Hare, who becomes a playable character in Command. She teaches Astrophysics on the planet Fichina.
- Badass Teacher: She's a university professor who wants to help people... with her powerful plasma cannons.
- Curtains Match the Window
- Off Model: Lucy is pink in the promotional art and game icons, but is grey (with pink hair) in the story scenes. Of course, it is entirely possible that she dyes her fur and that grey is her natural colour (like her father).
- Parental Abandonment and Daddy's Girl: Vivian died before Lucy reached adulthood, so Lucy only has her father Peppy.
- Pink Means Feminine
- Remember the New Guy: Considering how it's implied that the McCloud, Hare, and Toad families have generally been very close both personally and professionally, it does come across as somewhat odd that Peppy's daughter would never be mentioned until now.
- Shipper on Deck: She thought Fox screwed up when he broke up with Krystal when she asked why. Let's not forget the fact that Lucy and Krystal have been pretty good friends.
- Species Surname
- Happily Married: What little is given of it suggests that her and Peppy were this before she died.
- Missing Mom
- Non-Indicative Name: "Vivian" means "alive", but she is no longer with us (except in our hearts).
- Posthumous Character
- Species Surname: Though unlike other characters (with the possible exception of Amanda and whomever Slippy's mother was), she presumably gained her surname by marrying Peppy.
- Theme Naming: "Vivian" means "alive", which matches Peppy's name, which means "lively".
Marcus Fox and Krystal's son and the leader of a new Star Fox team, from a possible future opened up by Command.
- Alliterative Name
- Amazing Technicolor Wildlife: Both of his parents are foxes; however, Marcus ends up with a blue coloration like his Cerinian mother.
- Babies Ever After: The ending in which he appears is one where Fox and Krystal settle down, get married, and Marcus is born a few years later.
- Canon Discontinuity: Possibly. Due to Command not having a true ending, it remains unknown whether Marcus's birth will be a definitive part of the series or not. Unlike other characters which this has happened to, however, his birth is one that has yet to take place.
- Legacy Character: Is the leader of a new Star Fox team in a possible future.
- Passing the Torch: Unlike James and Fox, it seems that Marcus ends up becoming Star Fox leader without Fox suffering some kind of tragedy and has his father alive and well, albeit retired, to see him take the reigns.
- Strong Family Resemblance: Aside from his blue fur, which he inherited from his mother, Marcus looks very similar to Fox.
Peppy: "Incoming enemy from the rear! Drop altitude!"
- Attack Its Weak Point: The openings of its appendages, then the body.
- Boss Subtitles: Originally "Advance Scout Mothership", but later Retconned to "Interplanetary Warship". "Spacecraft Carrier" in the Japanese version of the first game.
- Didn't Need Those Anyway
- Flunky Boss: The entire invasion of Corneria in the first two games was pretty much a Flunky Boss fight against it.
- Mythology Gag: Its appearance in 64.
- Retcon: See Boss Subtitles.
- Warm-Up Boss: It IS the first boss in the franchise. Averted on Path 3 of the original and the Easy path in 64.
- Attack Its Weak Point: In the original, you attack the glowing turrets and then the centerpiece. In 64, you attack the arrows behind the shield, then the light on its back, and finally two openings on the front.
- Boss Subtitles: "Asteroid Destroyer" in both games.
- Didn't Need Those Anyway: There's a shield that flies off on both versions.
- Mythology Gag: Even if the two aren't the same, the second is doubtlessly a reference to the original. To further the reference, the first part of the 64 incarnation bears some similarites to the Blade Barrier, the other Asteroid Belt boss from the original.
- Skippable Boss: In 64, activating the warp gate to Katina outright skips the battle with it.
- Victory Fakeout: "I'm no match for you. I admit defeat." Falco doesn't buy it ("Are you gonna listen to that monkey?") and if Slippy is around, the health meter will still be intact.
- For reference, as he says the second part, he begins charging up a laser. If you're hit by that laser, you will feel it.
Atomic BaseTwo cores of giant ships in the original. Defeating them destroys the whole ship.
- Boss Subtitles: In the English version, "Planet Bomber" for the first and "Invasion Troop Carrier" for the second. In the Japanese version, "Supreme Command Ship" for the first and "Base Extension Mechanism" for the second.
- Cores and Turrets Boss: With two layers of cores.
- Shielded Core Boss: Literally.
- Spell My Name with an "S": Called Atomic Core in the instruction manual, although Atomic Base II is still the same.
- Took a Level in Badass: The second one, unlike the stronger Attack Carrier and Rock Crusher, is MUCH stronger than the first.
Dancing InsectorA robot sent to a Meteor in the original to defend a base.
- Boss Subtitles: "Spider Shaped Machine" in the English version, "Spider Shaped Remodeled Weapon" in the Japanese version.
- Dance Battler: Exactly What It Says on the Tin
- Didn't Need Those Anyway: The legs.
- Mini-Mecha: Its true form.
- This Was His True Form: Those legs are attachments. Its true form is its much smaller head.
- Wake-Up Call Boss: This is the first boss to present a noticeable challenge.
PhantronAndross's defense robot in the original in case of a full-frontal attack. Has illusionary powers.
- Boss Subtitles: "Special Close Orbit Robot" in the first version, "Free-Floating Space Robot" in the Japanese version.
- Damage-Sponge Boss: He has quite a lot more health after going One-Winged Angel.
- Didn't Need Those Anyway: He throws a leg at you after going One Winged Angel. He then grows it back.
- The Dragon: To Andross on Path One.
- Fragile Speedster: His default attack methods. His One-Winged Angel form ditches this.
- Master of Illusion
- One-Hit Kill: If you use a Nova Bomb on the first fight. Don't move to avoid it.
- One-Winged Angel: When he grows legs.
- Recurring Boss: On Path One.
- Scare Chord: As he goes One-Winged Angel.
- Sequential Boss: The second fight.
- Victory Fakeout: The second fight.
- Your Mind Makes It Real: His illusion selves hurt.
Professor HangerA robot in charge of Andross's force on Titania in the original.
- Boss Subtitles: "Master Computer" in the English version, "Resource Defense Brain" in the Japanese version.
- Cowardly Boss: Will flee after using its Shadow Thrusters. Lampshaded with the whole BYE BYE!! thing at the beginning.
- Damage-Sponge Boss: Has more health than average.
- Mini-Mecha: Compared to everything else.
- Spell My Name with an "S": Professor Hangar in the instruction booklet.
Plasma HydraA robot gathering hydrogen in Sector Y for Andross.
- Attack Its Weak Point: The hands at first.
- Boss Subtitles: "Hydrogen Harvester" in the English version, "Mechanical Lifeform" in the Japanese version.
- Kaizo Trap: Has one last attack for when you beat it.
Metal SmasherTwo robots guarding the back of Venom in the original, they have control over metal.
- Attack Its Weak Point: The center of both sides.
- Boss Subtitles: "Super Gravity Powered" in the English version, "Supergravity Satellite" in the Japanese version.
- Damage-Sponge Boss: You only need to beat one, but both have a lot of health.
- Self-Destruct Mechanism: Apparently has one that the Galactic Riders used.
- Tactical Withdrawal: After destroying one, the Galactic Riders activate its self destruct before fleeing.
Galactic Rider(s)After defeating the Metal Smasher, an escape pod piloted by bikers flees the scene. Thanks to the manual and game contradicting each other, we have no clue on whether or not the bikers or escape pod is the boss.
- Attack Its Weak Point: Inside the escape pod.
- Boss Subtitles: "Central Guard Machines", which makes the identity of the boss even more confusing.
- The Dragon: In Path Two.
- Flunky Boss
- Mind Screw: Just try and figure out what the boss name refers to. Is it the escape pod, the bikers...
- The Rival: Apparently, Falco used to be one of the bikers.
- Spell My Name with an "S": Literally. The manual believes that the bikers are the bosses using the escape pod as a weapon, while the game believes that it is the escape pod using the bikers as weapons. Gameplay-wise, however, it's the escape pod.
DestructorA tank that assisted in the invasion of Corneria in the original.
- Attack Its Weak Point: First the front of the shields, then the turrets.
- Boss Subtitles: "Ground Supremacy Vehicle" in the English version, "Wide-Angle Attack Tank" in the Japanese version.
- Shielded Core Boss: One shield for each core. And each shield can heal its core.
- Warm-Up Boss: For Path Three.
Blade BarrierA space station in the Asteroid Belt in the original.
- Attack Its Weak Point: Six little things sticking out of it.
- Boss Subtitles: "Space Station"
- Kaizo Trap: It fires its fan out upon defeat.
- Warm-Up Boss: We still haven't gotten to the really hard bosses yet...
Monarch DodoraA giant dinosaur enslaved by Andross in the original. Later reappears in Command as one of Andross's last bioweapons.
- Attack Its Weak Point: First its head or tails, then the body.
- Boss Subtitles: "Primitive Dinosaur" in the English version, "Two-Headed Cyborg Dragon" in the Japanese version.
- Canon Immigrant: In Command.
- Cyborg: According to its Boss Subtitles in the Japanese version.
- Hijacked by Ganon: Andross's ghost controls it in Command, although certain dialog against his grandson suggests it has become unruly..
- Mythology Gag: In Command.
- Spell My Name with an "S": Monarch Dodra in the instruction booklet and Command.
- Wake-Up Call Boss: This is the first boss that experienced players can call That One Boss in Path Three.
Spinning CoreA drilling device used in the original.
- Attack Its Weak Point: First the turrets, then some yellow thing.
- Boss Subtitles: "Lightspeed Revolution" in the English version, "Lightspeed Rotation Body" in the Japanese version.
- Rush Boss: It's a pretty hectic fight.
Great CommanderA three part robot that combines into one in the original.
- Attack Its Weak Point: The second fight has the small opening on the bottom, but the first fight has the much more infamous turrets.
- Boss Subtitles: "Final Battleship" in the English version, "Combining Battleship" in the Japanese version.
- Combining Mecha
- The Dragon: In Path Three.
- Mini-Mecha: The top ship.
- Recurring Boss
- Sequential Boss: The second fight.
- Shout-Out: The first form of the second boss looks like R.O.B.
- Transforming Mecha: The second fight.
Slot MachineThe boss of Out of This Dimension in the original. We have no clue about anything else.
- Final Boss: Of the secret ending.
GrangaOverly cocky monkey, piloting a mech with a very easily exploitable weakness. The boss of Corneria if you don't fulfill the requirements for the secret mission.
- All There in the Manual: Granga is the name of the pilot, not the mech. Star Fox 64 3D seemingly retcons this.
- Attack Its Weak Point: The green thing on his back, but just for fun, try shooting him elsewhere to see what you can destroy.
- Boss Subtitles: "Urban-Assault Weapon"
- Small Name, Big Ego
- Warm-Up Boss: You can destroy its legs and it can't move. This is by no means necessary to defeat it.
- American Accents: The English version has him talking in what sounds kind of like a Bostonian accent, barely pronouncing the letter R at all. Combine this with the fact that his opening taunt is "Don't party just yet!" and you get unintentional Toilet Humor.
- Boss Subtitles: "Combat Robot"
- Flunky Boss: When the boss fight starts, you'll be facing two Shoguns, one blue and one yellow. The "boss health bar" displayed is the sum of both of their health bars. Each one is worth 4 hits. Only once both are destroyed does the real boss arrive.
- Fragile Speedster: The smallest boss you face in the game (yes, even including the Copperheads from Sector Z), and the most mobile, flitting about erratically. Both he and his flunkies also have their entire bodies as weak points (although the boss at least takes reduced damage with his shield), covering the "fragile" part of the trope name.
- Luckily My Shield Will Protect Me: While he still can be damaged with his shield, his health bar will deplete far more rapidly once it's gone.
- Tactical Suicide Boss: "I'll take you guys out from the ship!" When he does this, the small erratically moving target becomes a small stationary target. That said, he recovers health while he's on the ship.
SaucererThe boss of Katina. Releases waves of enemy fighters, but is also equipped with a powerful laser weapon of its own that takes a full minute to charge.
- Attack Its Weak Point: The four hatches, then the core. Or, if you take a long time, just the core.
- Boss Subtitles: "Flying Assault Fortress"
- Flunky Boss/Mook Maker
- Shout-Out: To Independence Day.
- Time-Limit Boss: Once you've destroyed the four hatches that are releasing enemy ships (or after a certain length of time, if you spend too much time trying to pad your score with said enemies), the core appears and the ship's Wave Motion Gun starts charging. You have to destroy the core before the weapon charges to get the Good Ending to the level.
- Wave Motion Gun: Takes a full minute to charge.
BacoonA massive ancient clam-like creature that was modified into an undersea bio-weapon by Andross. Fox and his team are sent to the aquatic planet Aquas in order to destroy it.
- All There Inthe Manual: The Official Player's Guide states that Bacoon, having existed long before Andross, grew resentful of the Aquasians, who once lived above the water, so Bacoon learned to command the sea life and sent thousands of the exploding starfish to the polar caps and detonated them, flooding the planet and sinking the whole civilization forever.
- Attack Its Weak Point: First the two support...things, and then you need to attack the barrier enough so you can...
- Boss Subtitles: "Bioweapon", which it shares with Vulcain.
- Cyclops: Its ultimate weak point is its singular eye, but this is well protected.
- Flunky Boss: Sort of. The three tubes on top of its shell can be destroyed for extra points, but only before you finish the first stage of the boss battle.
- Healing Factor: The rock-firing tubes on either side of its main body regenerate after a little while. It's not necessary to take them out, but doing so gives you a clearer shot at its weakness.
SpyborgA robotic weapon developed by Andross that malfunctioned and destroyed the Sector X base. Fox and company find it in the ruins and put a stop to it once and for all.
- A.I. Is a Crapshoot
- Attack Its Weak Point: The headpiece.
- Ax-Crazy: "Destroy. Destroy." "I will terminate all enemies."
- Boss Subtitles: Averted; Spyborg is the only regular boss that lacks one of these in 3D.
- Expy: Its slightly supernatural nature is reminiscent of Phantron and Plasma Hydra, especially the latter.
- Gone Horribly Wrong
- Interface Spoiler: If Slippy was otherwise missing for the Sector X mission, he'll unexpectedly show up right when you reach the boss, which Fox will comment on. Care to guess who will play an important role in this battle?
- Letting the Air out of the Band: After the Playing Possum bit.
- Playing Possum: Its health bar unexpectedly and abruptly drops to zero when it's taken down to about half — and then shoots right back up to where it's supposed to be.
- Skippable Boss: If you take the warp to Sector Z, you won't have to face Spyborg at all.
- Time-Limit Boss: There's no actual timer on-screen, but after the robot crashes and revives, you only have a short time to finish it before Slippy jumps in to try to help. This, of course, fails miserably, and the team has to abandon their plans to attack Andross's base on Macbeth in order to rescue Slippy, who has crash-landed on Titania. If you were aiming for a medal, it's gone now, as the secondary requirement for one (after the point requirement) is to have all wingmen alive at the end of the stage. To add insult to injury, going to Titania locks you out of going to Area 6, and by extension, the "advanced" version of Venom.
- Combine this with the warp gate mentioned above, and Sector X is the only mission in the game that has three branches.
- The Unintelligible: Not entirely, but his heavy Robo Speak can be difficult to understand.Fox: "What's he saying?"
Falco: "Andross must be an insane fool!"
- Attack Its Weak Point: The arms, then the head.
- Boss Subtitles: "Bioweapon", same as Bacoon's.
- Made of Explodium: Despite being a bioweapon rather than a mech, it explodes when defeated, with a flash of light coming from its body.
- Playing with Fire: Lava flowing from where its arms used to be, after you destroy its arms.
- You're Insane!: It's this boss where the team - Falco in particular - realize how insane Andross is and call him out on it.
- Attack! Attack! Attack!:
- Even if you blow its periscope off, it'll still fire the ball-and-chain while underwater. ("I can't see a thing! Fire anyway!") This can be more dangerous, as it's easier to dodge when you know where he's aiming.
- After blowing off the crane and both cannons, his last-ditch attack is to fire everything he has at you."FIRE! FIRE!"
- Attack Its Weak Point: Before you can really hurt the boss, you have to destroy two pipes. Then, you have to destroy one of the cannons, which will reveal a crane. The crane will recover the cannons, so that has to go. After that, you destroy the cannons for good. Finally, you can attack the main body - with regular lasers this time, too!
- Boss Subtitles: "Illegally Modified Research Vessel"
- Early-Bird Cameo: Its periscope can be spotted checking out the team midway through the level.
- Epic Flail: An enormous spiked ball-and-chain that it uses while underwater and also as a last-ditch attack.
- Evil Laugh: If he hits you with certain attacks.
- Mighty Glacier: Lasers are completely useless in the first stage of the battle and ineffective during the second stage (where you still have to use a bomb to get the ball rolling). Only after it's already on the brink of destruction are your lasers able to damage it without any help from your bombs.
- Puzzle Boss: Its parts have to be destroyed in a certain order, and destroying one of its cannons too early in the battle will only prolong it as the boss dives underwater to retrieve it. Also, only bombs can pierce its armor.
- Tactical Suicide Boss: More than capable of destroying you with its ball-and-chain and its "torpedoes", and at the end it even starts firing lasers. If it didn't fire those green balls at you from its cannons, you'd never be able to get enough bombs to finish it off.
GorasAn ancient Titanian monster, and the only boss that is confirmed not to be one of Andross's creations, though he did modify it. Captures Slippy on Titania.
- All There in the Manual: The deserted planet of Titania once had a thriving culture of farming communities, and the villagers would leave a portion of their harvests at temples in order to appease the fearsome Goras. Absolutely none of this history appears in the game, instead being filled in in the Official Player's Guide.
- Attack Its Weak Point: Destroy the arms to get it to reveal its vulnerable heart.
- Beware My Stinger Tail: Given that this game features collision damage, a tail-swipe attack was inevitable.
- Boss Subtitles: "Prehistoric Beast"
- Breath Weapon
- Dem Bones
- Expy: Of Monarch Dodora.
- Multi-Armed and Dangerous: Four arms — two that have hammers at the end, and two that fire lasers. One of the latter is holding Slippy at the start of the battle.
The Forever TrainThe boss of Macbeth. Both it and its conductor are a presence throughout the stage aside from one stretch where it speeds too far ahead of you. Can be beaten in two different ways.
- Attack! Attack... Retreat! Retreat!: His cry of "No! Hit the brakes!" if you've successfully derailed the train comes almost immediately after he says "Step on the gas!".
- Attack Its Weak Point: During Mechbeth's second phase, you need to pay attention to the train when it opens to attack, at which point you need to shoot it to make Mechbeth vulnerable.
- Battleship Raid: The train is visible to your left at the very beginning of the stage, and if not dealt with, it'll start making your life miserable almost as quickly. Most of the earlier cats don't strictly have to be destroyed.
- Dishing Out Dirt: One of its favorite tactics is to throw rocks at you. After it's already done this a few times, there's a segment where it starts firing explosives at you, briefly pauses, and decides to fire them at the canyon walls instead to drop more rocks on you.
- Early-Bird Cameo: Assuming you reached this level (the "medium difficulty" fifth mission) for the first time before reaching Sector Z (the "hard difficulty" fifth mission) for the first time, the appearance of a Copperhead missile on one of the train cats near the end is this.
- No Name Given: Technically, it doesn't have a name. The name "The Forever Train" comes from Macbeth's level subtitle; hence wikis tend to refer it as such.
- Puzzle Boss: To get to the more advanced route, you have to shoot eight switches to unlock the track switcher box, then shoot that switch to change the track. The conductor will be unable to stop the train and it will go careening into the fuel bunker, blowing both up. Failing to beat it in this manner will lead to you having to finish the fight with the recently revealed...
MechbethA bioweapon carried on one of the front-most cars of the Forever Train. Shortly before you reach the weapons factory, the conductor decides that Star Fox has been too much of a nuisance and that he has no choice but to unleash this on them.
- Adaptation Expansion: Gains a new attack in 3D.
- Attack Its Weak Point: First the head and the claw, and after that, you need to hit the train when it opens for it to reveal its last weak point.
- Beware My Stinger Tail: It stabs you, picks you up, crunches you, and drops you.
- Boss Subtitles: "Experimental Weapon"
- Extra Ore Dinary: Its head drops iron rods in your path. Also, the iron rods explode.
- Flunky Boss: There are plenty of regular enemies to be shot down while fighting it, and you'll have to assist your wingmen at least once if you take it on, as Peppy gets in trouble as soon as you pass the track switcher.
- Time-Limit Boss: There's no countdown clock and the only thing to suggest that this is the case is a comment Peppy made long before the boss fight started ("Don't let 'em get to the supply depot!"), but if you take too long, the conductor will say "You're too slow, time to end this!" and Mechbeth will ram into you for a One-Hit KO.
- Wave Motion Gun: Its wings fire beams.
- Boss Subtitles: "Interplanetary Cruise Missiles"
- Time-Limit Boss: Each wave must be destroyed before they reach the Great Fox, or else the mission will end prematurely and you'll be locked out of Area 6 (unless you retry).
- Wolf Pack Boss: They come at you in waves — first one, then two, then three.
Bolse Satellite CoreThe boss of Bolse is none other than Bolse itself. After shooting the force field generators, the core appears alongside waves of Bolse Fighters (and if you didn't take them down on Fichina, Star Wolf shows up shortly into the battle to make your life even more miserable). Luckily, it's a point-rich target with no visible means of defending itself...
- Attack Its Weak Point:: The eight very visible weak points.
- Battleship Raid: Eight panels worth up to 11 points apiece and six force field generators worth 4 points apiece, that's 112 points right there. Add in Star Wolf, and you can theoretically get 156 points without destroying a single bogey — enough to meet the medal score of 150. (Of course, trying to destroy Star Wolf as well will likely slow you down enough that you won't get the full 11 points for all eight core panels.)
- Boss Subtitles: "Fusion Reactor"
- Expy: Of the Atomic Bases
- Frickin' Laser Beams: ...no means that are visible at first, that is. Then you destroy the first of the eight core panels, and lasers start spewing out of it. The closer you are to destroying it, the more laser beams there will be.
- Attack Its Weak Point: It's the circle in the middle, but it's guarded by a very potent shield that can only be destroyed by getting it to open up three times and shooting three energy tentacles, which, except for the very beginning, requires precisely shooting three solid tentacles and dodging a special attack.
- Boss Subtitles: "Ultimate Space Weapon"
- Combat Tentacles
- Expy: Of the Great Commander in that it's the ultimate weapon in Andross's army. While it's probably a coincidence, both have obvious weak points that are ridiculously hard to damage.
- Also Phantron, who fulfills the Great Commander's role in Path 1. Gorgon's ability to vanish in and out of existence is reminiscent of Phantron's illusionary abilities.
- Puzzle Boss: Shooting the tentacles doesn't damage it. If you don't figure it out right away, Peppy will give you a hint. There's also a second puzzle involved in getting the maximum score, because the timing on it is brutally unforgiving.
- Wave Motion Gun: With a surprising amount of mobility, though you can sometimes avoid it just by cowering in the corner of the screen.
GolemechSub-boss of Venom's "Easy" route. May or may not be one of Andross's creations.
- Attack Its Weak Point: Interestingly, each part of its body except for the head is a seperate weak point. When you destroy them all to reveal the mechanical parts, the head will become vulnerable. After destroying the head, the surprisingly resilient body will become active again so you can destroy it for good.
- Boss Subtitles: "Mysterious Giant Golem"
- Dishing Out Dirt: Seemingly made largely out of stone and can manipulate the stone walls of the temple in which he resides.
- Get Back Here Boss: Never directly attacks you, instead running away while leaving obstacles in your way.
- Lost Superweapon: Maybe, though if it was something that Andross found on Venom, he probably gave it some modifications anyway the way he did with Goras.